All human achievement is ephemeral in character; civilization after civilization has come and gone, mighty empires have been built and ravaged by time.
Moral action in us is driven by the desires in relation to the objectives that we consider as ‘good’. Even though we all pursue our desires how do we know, in the event of conflicting desires, which way to go?
A few days ago I visited the world-renowned petroglyphs (rock carvings) at Tamgaly, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set around the lush Tamgaly Gorge, amidst the vast and arid Chu-Ili Mountains, is a remarkable concentration of some 5,000 petroglyphs.
The spell of science is upon us all and we cannot deny it. Science stands out by dint of its practical uses, its detached approach, its impersonal viewpoint, and its ethical neutrality. Only the objective cosmic attitude of science can help us forego all other desires in order to fulfill the desire to know and confront the pitfalls, the besetting dogmas, and the inhibitions that stop our thinking from realizing its fullest potential.
I am often intrigued by the relationship that exists between rationality and mysticism. To begin with, there is some community of purpose between the two. However, a mystic’s method is very different.
The command “Know Thyself” exhorted by the wise ones from Socrates till today is a reminder to us of the measure of our reach. It is only when we see the possibilities within ourselves can we see them outside and around us.
Summer nights at the heights of Tien Shan Mountains are simply magnificent - mostly cloudless and clear. It is an amazing experience each time I go for camping and sit under the sparkling sky, lit with majesty, magic, and brilliance of stars.
Many of my friends have criticized my defence of the possible utility (or validity) of religion in the modern world. The most frequent criticism is that I fail to see the contradiction which assigning a value to religion entails with a scientific and philosophical approach to life and its issues.
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